#Graftonlake this Fall!

Swimming may be closed for the season, but the park is still open daily 8am to dusk so make plans for more outdoor adventures! Hike, star gaze, savor a craft beer with your dog(!), or try out watercolor painting…



Saturday, September 12th– Capital Region Geocachers Picnic and Campout starting at 9am.   Get introduced to this outdoor sport that brings technology together with treasure hunting in the outdoors. If you’re already a fan, meet other local geocachers and enjoy a day or an overnight under the Grafton sky. For more info, call 279-1155.

Friday, September 18th– Star Watch at Grafton Lakes State Park at 7:30pm. Enter via winter entrance on Long Pond Road and follow signs to program. Cloudy skies may cancel—call Bernard to confirm: 658-9144

Saturday, September 19th– Love the Lakes Shoreline Cleanup from 10am-12pm.  Join Friends of the park to beautify our shorelines and take in the beginnings of fall foliage.  Pre-register: 279-1155.

Saturday, September 26th– Four Legged Friend Hike at 10am. Meet some happy dogs and their owners on a guided walk of our picturesque Shaver Pond Trail before heading over to our Bark & Brew Benefit event for local shelters at 11am.  You’ll be limbered up for an afternoon of playing in the park! Pre-register: 279-1155

Saturday, September 26th– Bark & Brew Benefit Event from 11-3pm.  Animal vendors, doggie play area, agility course, live music and craft beer. Portion of proceeds benefit regional shelters!


Monday, October 5th—Watercolor Waterscapes in Autumn at 10:30am – Create your own masterpiece to take home with you at this intro to watercolor painting workshop. Paints and paper provided by the park, while nature will provide the fall foliage to inspire you.  Beginners are welcome! Pre-register: 279-1155.

Saturday, October 10th– If These Rocks Could Talk: Geology Tour at 10am. A geologist is really a storyteller, and David DeSimone will tell you a tale that goes back over 500 million years! Evidence of ancient volcanoes, glaciers, and ancient mountains will be shared during the hike. Meets at lot at end of North Long Pond Road, accessed by the park’s Winter Entrance. Pre-register: 279-1155

Monday, October 12th– Fall Foliage Hike at Bennington Battlefield at 10:30am. Did you know we’ve added trails to this historic site? Come walk over the grounds where few trees stood during the battle 238 years ago, but majestic maples now adorn the hillsides with fall colors. Pre-register: 279-1155.

Friday, October 16th– Star Watch at Grafton Lakes State Park at 6:45pm. Enter via winter entrance on Long Pond Road and follow signs to program. Cloudy skies may cancel—call Bernard to confirm: 658-9144

Saturday, October 17th– Spectacular Snags Nature Hike at 10am. As a tree dies, it surrenders to the forest around it. Its imposing structure becomes a hunting perch, a safe place to rear young, and a food source for animals and fungi. Join us on a nature hike to celebrate dead trees and the new life they sustain.  Please pre-register:279-1155

Saturday, October 24th– 8th Annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail from 4-7pm. Adventure with us along the Wildwood Trail lit by jack-o-lanterns. This year, our visitors will discover how some creepy forest creatures are actually allies of us all!    Costumes encouraged.  $3/person or $10/family. Pre-register early as program will fill up! 279-1155

For information about additional outings by boat or foot, led by the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park, checkout their meetup group.

Have you joined our Facebook page?  We share beautiful images of the park in all seasons, and more info on upcoming programs!

Gate fees of $6/car apply on weekends only through Columbus Day.

A Star Watch at Grafton Lakes State Park is worth the drive…

Liz Wagner

Park Naturalist

Grafton Lakes State Park

PO Box 163

Grafton, NY 12082


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